If you are planning to leave Milan after going sightseeing, please don’t! Above all the beauties in the city, the best way to understand the Milanese is to live as you are a part of this city. Milan is the economic center of Italy: The shopping, companies, business life, modern age corporate workers are a big part of the city. As a matter of fact, all of these require a place socialize, pour down a little bit stress, spend some time with friends. Where can you do that? Yes – in a bar. However, these bars are not regular bars – these are the top bars in Milan. Take a lot at our guide of where to drink in Milan and try to decide which one to choose!
The bars in Milan will let you learn about the insights of locals – how they drink and how is the bar life in Italy. In addition to that, you’ll be seeing many things from Italian cuisine as the concept of the bar is inseparable with good food in Italy. So, try to enjoy both at the same time! Salute!
Prog is located a little bit outside of the central ring of Milan, only couple minutes away from Porta Romana. The bar is known as a cocktail bar, which you will taste masterfully made blends. The best part of the area is outside of the busy path which means you can enjoy a local ambiance. On Friday and Saturdays, they offer a 3-course meal aperitivo. You’ll get amazing plates with bruschetta, cheese, some tramezzini and the main course followed by the desert. You’ll only pay for a drink which is more or less 10€ – a hidden gem for Milan especially perfect for dates and romantic moments!
Address: Via Andrea Maffei 12
Phone: +39 333 110 8398
Rita is in the famous riverside of Navigli which is known as a bar area in Milan. Unlike other bars in Navigli neighborhood, Rita is usually filled with locals. Due to the expertise and the food served here, the bar manages to be still a favorite place for the locals. The cocktails are 10€ but all the food you are served are included in this price. They don’t offer a buffet but they have an amazing aperitivo plate where everything is served in medium portions to share in a very elegant way. If you want to enjoy some expertise of mixology, a decent food along with a drink and a river view, this is it.
Address:Via Angelo Fumagalli, 1
3. MAG CAFE
Old and beloved Mag Cafe is no stranger to the bar scene in Milan. As a result, it is very popular both among locals and travelers. The menu is designed according to the astrological signs – which is very fun to read. The snacks are served on plates but stocked when needed. They have their own versions of classic cocktails and this means the staff is experienced about their work. It is located in the heart of the Grand Canale of Navigli. It’s facing the canal so you can take advantage of the view while you bite and drink.
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 43
Phone:+39 02 3956 2875
4. ELITA BAR
Elita is near the canals in a side street in Navigli neighborhood. The best title to explain the bar’s type would be “apericena” -which is the mixture of classic Italian aperitivo and dinner. This is a very ideal place to enjoy some nibbles with a glass of white wine and have chat with your friend or your partner. Most of the food here is fusion tapas style, you can taste ramen burger or even Thai style rice wrappers. You can order a fancy cocktail or opt for a classic wine and beer too. If you will be here for an occasion, don’t forget to book especially at the weekend.
Phone: +39 02 3679 8710
5. GB BAR
If you want to learn how locals drink it, you should go for a bite and drink at GB Bar. Fortunately, Milan has many different bars appealing to different targets in the city. For example, GB Bar might look like a cheezy place if you only look at from outside. However, in the essence, it is one of the most convenient and Italian-like bar close to Duomo di Milano. You can see a mountain out of sandwich when you enter inside. Order a beer or simply a wine, grab a panini or classic tomato bruschetta and enjoy the moment to indulge in them.
Address: Via Ulrico Hoepli, 3
When you are in Milan, you might want to enjoy a bit fancier atmosphere. That’s okay because there is also another place for that: Kilburn. The cocktail bar is a hidden gem located only 5 minutes away from Milano Centrale, the main station of the city. However, even though being close to central attractions Kilburn still didn’t lose its magic. Along with deliciously crafted cocktails and amazing glasses of them, you get a nice selection of aperitivo nibbles as well – all yummy. The menu has also a decent selection of local and Italian wines. The staff is very informative, friendly and attentive. Kilburn is a great place spend a romantic night or catch-up meeting with a friend.
Address:Via Panfilo Castaldi, 25
7. NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Nottingham Forest is a unique quirky cocktail bar in Milan which is always in the 50 World’s Best Bars since 2007. The cocktails here are very innovative that you might not even guess what to receive when you order it. There are cocktails called Message in the Bottle which comes with an edible paper with a message to be dissolved in your cocktail and Sephora which is basically a small bathtub comes with a rubber duck. However, the place is a bit stuffed inside but the ambiance is worth experiencing as well as the fusion-style cocktails.
Address: Viale Piave 1
Phone: +39 02 798312
8. CANTINE ISOLA
Cantine Isola is a wine bar which has been serving to its customers since 1896. There is an extensive wine menu here and if it’s not Sunday, all wines on the list are available in glass. The menu includes many different types, methods of wine as well as some grappa and spirits. The whole bar is filled with wine bottles on the shelves up till the ceiling. It is a local-favorite bar as well – which proves that it is good too! Along with your glass, you will be served some nibbles like bread and olive oil, olives and some chips too. Enjoy a local-like drink here and don’t forget to grab a bottle of your favorite of the night.
Address:cVia Paolo Sarpi 30
9. PINCH SPRITS & KITCHEN
It might be a habit in Italy but here mostly the bars come with a nice kitchen. Most of the time, you will see Italian people like a good company to their drink and here is another good example of it. The place has an Art Deco feeling inside with all the furniture and the decorations. Occasionally you might listen to some live music here as well. The menu has wine, draught beer, and amazing cocktails too – so pick your favorite. They also offer a snack place along with your drinks which is complimentary. You can enjoy a light lunch or dinner with a nice drink here, enjoy the ambiance and the taste at Pinch!
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 63